Friday, May 05, 2006

We get rain too....

Developers in San Francisco say they've built the greenest pad in San Francisco. Lots of high end green goodies including a system that catches up to 20K gallons of annual rainfall. - via SF Gate

The 2,600-square-foot house on Clipper Street showcases every high-end Earth-friendly feature that Lorax Development partners Mike Kerwin, Joel Micucci and Pat Loughran could find a way to incorporate, including the city's first approved rooftop rain catchment system. The system, by Mount Shasta's Wonderwater Inc., collects an average of 18,000 to 20,000 gallons of annual rainfall, cleans it and stores it in tanks below the house to be used to flush toilets, wash clothes and water gardens.....

The architect of this project, John Maniscalco, situated the four-bedroom, four-bathroom layout to maximize air and light flow, keeping the personal spaces on the small side but opening the main living space, downstairs family room and upstairs master bedroom to the scenic rear views. Then the Lorax fellows did their thing. Among the features they researched, embraced and now tout as "green":

-- Solar panels
-- Ultra Touch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation
-- Trex composite decking material trimmed with forest-certified ipe railings
-- A mix of 40 percent fly ash, a hard-to-dispose-of power plant byproduct, strengthens the concrete foundation and slab.

and lots lots the whole article via SF

No comments: